I wanted to start a thread on this because I didn't want to hijack a thread where this question popped up. One of the things Rev. Wright said was that the government created HIV/AIDS as a plot against Black people and he used the infamous Tuskegee experiments as his reference for this belief. I consider myself a well-read and educated person who is open-minded and not one who is big with conspiracies, but I have to admit, I have my own beliefs that aren't too far from Rev. Wright's on this. The problem is, I have no proof and to my knowledge, no one does. I often think of these beliefs the same way people believe in aliens who have come to earth, they really think it's happened but they can't believe it. For the record, my personal theory is that HIV was created as a form of germ warfare and it was introduced in Africa where a loss of life would go relatively unnoticed and would be relatively ignored. I don't necessarily believe it was the US government that created the virus, but I do believe it was man-made. I also believe that the experiment got out of control. I also believe that if you're a certain type of person, with certain beliefs than you may not be too bothered by HIV/AIDS and you might want to see it continue, instead of die out. HIV/AIDS currently affects dark-skinned people from third world nations (where much suffering goes on unabated), gay men, drug users and people who practice unsafe and promiscuous sex. So if you're not fond of other ethnicities, gays or sexually liberal people, then you may be less inclined to stop HIV/AIDS. Again, these are just my gut feelings, some of which is based on what I know governments are capable of and have done in the past. Creating HIV would not be the most extreme things governments have done if you consider world wars, mass genocide, nuclear bombings, slavery and torture that has been instigated and promoted by some governments over the last 100 years. There was a recent report about a germ warfare scheme to make soldiers gay, so the idea that a government would create a way to surprise the immune system is hardly far-fetched. Again, I'm not saying the US created HIV or that the purpose was to eliminate Blacks. I just think some government did create and it was used initially on Africans because they were considered expendable. Of course the common perception of how HIV/AIDS originated is that some African found a monkey, had sex with it, got the virus and spread it to others, which found it's way across the globe. I find this insane because, well, can you imagine how hard it would be to catch a monkey, and position a wild animal that's 3x stronger than an adult male and have successfully have sex with it? Which is more far fetched, a government creating a virus for germ warfare or a single monkey screwer who affects the world?